There is wide and varied debate concerning the modern trends in living and welfare, especially amongst the individual members of society that live by themselves. While many consider tales of increasing loneliness little more than an urban myth, there are various statistics that not only it as fact but also expose it an increasing phenomenon amongst many factions of the community.

Statistics released in 2010 show that the number of US citizens living by themselves has risen by nearly 50 percent of the total recorded in 1990. Over this 20 year period, the trend has been for a gradual increase across many age categories, although this rise has been most prominent amongst males and females aged between 45 and 64. With so many factors having the potential to influence these statistics, it has raised the issue of whether if living alone is a considered choice or a consequence of circumstance.

A Considered Choice or Consequence of Circumstance?

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